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June 2004

We invite you to speak your mind on these hot topics and global issues plucked from the pages of National Geographic magazine. For more on the subject go to the online feature page, or read the June issue of NGM.

The Shiites of Iraq Forum Thumbnail The Shiites of Iraq

For decades under Saddam Hussein's rule, Iraq's majority Muslim sect was methodically and violently repressed. Now that Saddam has been removed from power, the Shiites are poised to govern the country. After being victims for so long, how can they put the past behind them to prepare for their role in a new government? Enter>>

America's Front Yard Forum Thumbnail America's Front Yard

In 2003 a law was passed declaring that "no more commemorative works or visitor centers" would be allowed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (excluding the already approved Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial, Black Revolutionary War Patriots Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center). Still, debate continues between groups eager to preserve the open expanse and those wanting to build more monuments. How do you think the Mall should be used? Enter>>

The End of Cheap Oil Forum Thumbnail The End of Cheap Oil

With an eye toward cleaner energy sources, some consumers are purchasing fuel-efficient hybrid cars. Others, drawn by ruggedness, spaciousness, and multiuse convenience, buy SUVs. The U.S. tax code offers consumers a $2,000 credit for purchasing hybrid cars, but those who buy the largest SUVs—one of which gets ten mpg—for business use can claim a deduction of up to $100,000. Should tax incentives be increased to encourage the purchase of hybrid cars? Should those for high-fuel-use business vehicles be decreased? Given the environmental and oil security issues the United States now faces, how reasonable are incentives for vehicles that may contribute to those problems? Enter>>

Hip Zips Forum Thumbnail Hip Zips

Nominate your favorite zip or postal code for coverage in the pages of National Geographic. Our magazine series—ZipUSA—takes a periodic peek at special corners of the country by zip code. So describe a weird, wacky, wonderful locale of your own choosing—it just might make it into the magazine—and read postings from other folks too. Enter>>



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